Some sites do annoying things with JavaScript, like replace the default behaviour of the browser to open a new tab on middle click, with code such as:

<a href="http://stackoverflow.com"
 onclick="window.location.href='http://stackoverflow.com'; return false;">
 Stack Overflow</a>

Is there any way I can give control back to my browser so that I'm the one that decides when a new tab gets opened or not? Right now I have to resort to either right clicking on the link and selecting Open link in new tab, or middle clicking on my browser's Back button after being rudely navigated away.

  • so you want to change what window.location.href does?
    – Matt K
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:48
  • I don't see how the code you show would specifically open links in a new tab unless your browser is configured to do so. What browser are you using?
    – GFK
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:59
  • Disable JavaScript.
    – Florent
    Aug 31, 2012 at 14:03

1 Answer 1


You haven't stated which browser you're using, but I found this extension for Chrome. I haven't tested it extensively, but it works for twitter.com, which by default pops up a little profile box when middle-clicking on someone's twitter handle, rather than open their full profile in a new tab.

  • Just installed that extension and it works! Aug 29, 2013 at 16:52
  • That links now 404s
    – cletus
    Jun 12, 2019 at 15:10

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